1822 Pattern British Royal Engineer Officer's
Pipeback Sword, sold
In very good overall condition for its age, a rare 1822 Pattern
British Royal Engineer Officer's Pipeback Sword.
Amazing to find a George IV 1822P with the etching still very clear.
Etched to the ricasso and engraved to the top scabbard locket to
"Johnston Blane Foster, Sword Cutler Belt Maker to his Majesty,
68 St James Street, London". This 1822P made rarer still by
the flaming bomb etched to the blade denoting it was for a Royal
The 32 1/4 inch pipeback quill point blade is well etched and in
very good overall condition, plus firm in the hilt. The hilt, while
overall good has suffered the same fate as most of these brass "Gothic"
hilts, it has bent a little inwards (no breakage but a big hand
will have problems holding firmly the grip - most likely can be
corrected). Folding guard section works well. The fishskin grip
and twisted grip wire bindings are in very good condition. The leather
with gilt metal fittings scabbard (note the lack of suspension rings,
these old swords were suspended from frog buttons) is good but the
leather near the chape is weak / floppy / creased. The sword sheathes
and draws well.
A very scarce sword in well above average condition. What a find
for only £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference
AB90 (0138). Further / full sized images available upon request.